Jon’s Gourmet Nutrition dishes healthy meals

Life and retirement don’t always work out as expected. John Richardson packed his belongings and left behind more than 20 years as a firefighter in New Rochelle, New York, and headed for the warm paradise of Florida “I thought I was going to come down here and go to the beach every day,” he said. Richardson pictured himself in a convertible, top down, tooling off to the sandy shores of … [Read more...]

‘An Evening in Paris’ offers tender moments

Whether they were rocking it out, slow dancing, or shuffling to “The Cupid Shuffle,” the daughters and dads at “An Evening in Paris” Father/Daughter Dance were sharing some special moments. Six-year-old Daniella Rodrigues, of Land O’ Lakes, received her first corsage. Scott Hancock and his 4-year-old daughter, Amelie, shared a slow dance. Zoli Summerville and her dad, Cory, of Wesley … [Read more...]

Jewish temple forms in Land O’ Lakes

A new Jewish place of worship has formed in Land O’ Lakes, to welcome people of all ages. Alan Stern and his wife, Nayda, saw the need to start their own conservative congregation that accepted families with young children. So, in December, they formed the Family Friendly Temple of Pasco County at their Land O’ Lakes home. “We wanted something middle-of-the-road for Jewish people in Pasco … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes students strive for ‘green’ community

For several years the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library has been plagued with massive energy consumption and a sizable electric bill. A group of high schoolers is looking to change that. The Land O’ Lakes High School Green Club, which addresses environmental issues in the community, wants to help the library achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) status — the most widely … [Read more...]

Del Webb moves into Bexley

Pulte Group broke ground on an 850-home, age-restricted Del Webb Bexley community in Land O’ Lakes on Jan. 31. The age 55 and older community is the first “active-adult” project built by Pulte in the Tampa Bay area since 1960, according to a press release from Pulte Group. “We feel the Tampa area is underserved for baby boomers looking to live in a place that is designed specifically for … [Read more...]

Local Boy Scouts and their parents help food pantry

A group of men and women gathered recently at Harvester United Methodist Church, off Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes, to lug bags and boxes of food from a room in the church to their SUVs and mini-vans in the church parking lot. They made numerous trips carrying all sorts of items, including potato chips, granola bars, Goldfish, pasta, Little Bites, pudding cups, bottled water, Gatorade, … [Read more...]

Sinkhole response: Fence and landscaping?

Pasco County likely will opt to close off a sinkhole that swallowed two houses in Lake Padgett Estates with a fence and landscaping, to mimic, as much as possible, the appearance of a retention pond. Consultants say that other options, including rebuilding Ocean Pines Drive, would risk additional environmental damage. Consultants also recommend against building cul-de-sacs near the sinkhole, … [Read more...]

An underpass for U.S. 41/State Road 54?

Talk of solving traffic jams at U.S. 41 and State Road 54 often centers on building elevated lanes to ease massive numbers of vehicles through the intersection. But now, Pasco County’s Metro Planning Organization wants to toss in a new solution – an underpass that would tunnel under the intersection. Consultants with Tindale-Oliver will complete a $15,000 study to determine if the … [Read more...]

Ballantrae Village is adding more shops

Taco Bell is the newest tenant at the Shoppes of Ballantrae Village. The Mexican fast-food restaurant joins DQ Grill & Chill and Circle K in a retail shopping plaza that is almost fully constructed, off State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes. Within 30 days, Dunkin’ Donuts is expected to open in a spot between Taco Bell and DQ Grill & Chill. In March, more shops, a spa, a dental … [Read more...]

Two award-winning teachers create ‘safe’ places to learn

Drop by Hannah Trapani’s mathematics classroom and chances are the teacher will be helping her students figure out a complicated mathematics problem by literally drawing it out. Trapani has been known to have students cut dyed spaghetti into specific lengths and glue the pieces to a graph, to help drive home a lesson. “If they can start visualizing what they’re doing, I think that helps a … [Read more...]